Wording of sentences/paragraph that explain logic of CC copyright options
- It helps having critical review from someone who has "weak" understanding of copyright - perfect match with our intended target audience. Thanks
- There were licenses which pre-dated creative commons eg the GNU Free Documentation License, the Open Content License and other -- so we cant say before the advent of CC.
- I suggest we avoid the public domain issue here.
mmmm ... how to simplify this. How about something along the lines of:
If you own the exclusive rights to property, as owner you can decide how your property is used. For example, you can give permission to someone to use your car or stay in your house. In the case of copyright, the owner holds the exclusive rights to copy, distribute and adapt an original work. Similarly, a copyright holder can agree permissions regarding these rights. Creative Commons is a legal tool to help authors manage their property rights and permissions associated with their creative works.
Does this work?
Yes, that's much better--solid, useful example from which learner can generalize. I'm in favor of replacing the current paragraph with this new version. If you paste it in (this way the history shows it's yours), I'll come back for a reread and edit as needed.
For future reference -- I'm not territorial about stuff I write, nor worried about attribution. If in the future it saves time -- just go for it.
Although I appreciate you asking :-)
Off to copy the version over ...